Rising Soul Star Raquel Rodriguez Makes her Las Vegas Debut at the M Resort

“Backed by her band The Big Guys, Raquel harnesses the muse in a way that it was intended: full of soul, insightful and devoid of pretense.” – Grown Folks Music
Raquel Rodriguez


Los Angeles’ Raquel Rodriguez is thrilled to be making her Las Vegas debut at the M Resort on Friday August 23rd.


Raquel and her band, The Big Guys, play soul how it was always meant to be played. Their 2013 full-length debut Miss Me boasts a collection of impassioned, invigorating, and irresistible songs that are as fresh as they are fiery.


Raquel discovered music very early on and became driven to sing and perform. Despite all of her formal training, she charismatically taps into an effusive energy that borders on punk panache. “We want to play loud music with a groove that people can dance and drink to,” she declares. “You’ve got to physically feel it when we’re on stage or in your speakers. It has to be loud, dirty and gritty.”


Meeting her six-piece band “The Big Guys” while still attending class, they collectively began pursuing their own “party” in 2011, gigging tirelessly everywhere they could. A year later, the group hit the studio to record what would eventually become Miss Me. With drummer Sam Brawner producing, and engineering/mixing from Keith Armstrong at Chris Lord-Algae’s studio, Mix LA, they injected raw power into the music.


“Tell Me It’s Fine” paints a poignant picture via Raquel’s vivid lyrics and the music’s sultry swing. “It’s about a relationship where both people are really stubborn,” she explains. “Neither side wants to end it so they stick it out, stay together, and just hope that it’s fine.”


After winning the nationwide 2012 College Battle of the Bands and having the opportunity to work with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Scheps (Adele), Raquel’s poised to show the world how soul is meant to be done. “It’s only old school in the sense of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder making crowds get up and move,” she concludes. “We wanted to bring our own spirit to something that’s inspired us so much. We hope everyone wants to crank our music as loudly as possible.”


Raquel’s merely commenced her journey, and it’s going to be quite a wild ride.





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